Pretoria – A 36-year-old Indian woman who was kidnapped at her home in Nirvana, Polokwane on Tuesday was rescued unharmed on Thursday night.

The woman was about to park her car when she was grabbed by two men who blindfolded her and forced her into the back of their vehicle before driving off with her.

The kidnappers then demanded a sizable ransom from her family. The arrangement was then made that the money would be exchanged between Polokwane and Lebowakgomo on Thursday night.

At around 20:00 the family, who had the back up from the Hawks and police members, where on their way to the agreed spot when the kidnappers told them to stop and offload the money at Ga-Chuene near Lebowakgomo.

The kidnappers arrived at the scene, got out of their vehicle whilst pointing a firearm to the victim. As they advanced to where the loot was put they realised the presence of police and they started shooting, injuring three officers.

The kidnappers then vanished into the bushes, leaving the loot and their suspected stolen grey VW Polo at scene. The woman was left traumatised but unharmed.

A manhunt to locate the suspects has been launched and the injured officers are currently receiving treatment at a hospital in Polokwane.